Decorative Buttons, Antique Crown Buttons

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Decorative Buttons, Antique Crown Buttons

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This beautiful antique crown button is from the 19th century, it's history is rooted in the Noble families of France. It is a beautiful silver color livery button with a gorgeous patina. It depicts the coronet or crown of a Marquis 4 strawberry leaves and 4 silver balls also called 'pearls'. It was made in France between 1841 & 1910. The back mark shows 'G & Cie' * Paris * that stands for Gourdin et Compagnie. 16 Rue du Cloître St-Honoré PARIS. Isn't it beautiful?
As part of a necklace, in scrapbooking, as a key chain, however you use this versatile piece of history it will be simply magnifique!
It measures 1-1/8" diameter.

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History:
The word livery comes from the French livree meaning to liberate or bestow. It was used to describe giving to retainers, who provided domestic service to the nobles and aristocrats. 
It came to mean the suit of clothes worn by menservants in the colors of the master who provides it and for whom they work. ( Think Downton Abbey)  So from the stable boy through the page boys, each would wear his master's livery. The master wouldn't wear the livery, but he might have cufflinks or a ring using the same symbol. Many of the crest used on livery buttons descended from the crest which knights wore on top of their helmets. It enabled friend and foe to recognize each other in battle. Identifying livery buttons can be difficult  because often the crest is shared by many families.